Virender Sehwag has revealed that he wanted to retire in 2007 itself after he was dropped from the team but it was Sachin Tendulkar who convinced him not to do so. After India’s horrible run in the 2007 World Cup, several players were axed from the squad for the series against Bangladesh, which included players like Sehwag and Harbhajan.
Sehwag finally retired on 20th October 2015, which was his 37th birthday. Sehwag added that he also wanted to retire while playing for India and give a farewell speech. But it wasn’t in his fate.
He added that had the selectors told him about their plan and thoughts on Sehwag. after he was dropped in 2013, he would have retired then itself. Sehwag was dropped in March 2013, after the 2nd Test match against Australia. The series saw the rise of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, which meant that Sehwag could never get back into the Indian team.
Sehwag feels that the selectors didnot give him enough chances and dropped him after few failures. Sehwag also said that the selectors didn’t ask him about his future plans after dropping him in 2013.
Sehwag rated Kumble as the best captain he has played under, stating that Kumble did induce a lot of confidence among the players. On his future plans, he said that he would want to remain connected to the game in one way or the other and if given a chance to become a commentator, he would love to do that.